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I took my vehicle in for an oil change. I was on the road at the time. It was in the Maritime region. I overheard an ex-cop running down the homeless to the business owner. He seemed to be enjoying the cowardly gossip. As he told about the latest accusations from the yuppies in some in some scenic location in town... he told his story with a gleam in his eye - the kind of gleam one has who is spreading gossip that will ruin a person's reputation in the community.
"The smell of urine was pungent - disgusting," he said.
He told the businessman where they have moved from lately - They move regularly because of the continual 24/7 harassment. Harassed, annoyed, harried - by city workers, security, police - and the public, yuppies and others who spy on them constantly and don't give them any peace.
Behind the war on the poor are the chambers of commerce, the yuppies and others - who complain about the poor constantly - not for any crime they have done, but simply because the poor make them feel uncomfortable. For the well off to feel uncomfortable is a very big deal in today's economy. The ex-policeman finished his diatribe against the defenseless poor with his well informed knowledge of what happens to the bodies of the suicide victims who jump off the local bridge.
"All of them end up washed up along the shore south of the bridge, where the river takes a turn" he said . He sounded as if he was proud to have this gruesome knowledge - it's the kind of knowledge that entertains certain people...
The is a war on the poor. It has never ended. And every day the less fortunate suffer silently - here in our "wonderful" democracy.
I've been an activist, you could say, since I was very young. I volunteered at a socialist storefront bookstore on Hastings St in Vancouver when I was very young. I grew up in group homes and foster homes as a child. Before the age of 12 I lived with my family and we moved a lot. After the age of 12 I grew up mostly in east Vancouver, B.C. when I was at that time made a ward of the court [In other words, orphaned, or abandoned] until the age of 16, which at the time was considered adult age.
Growing up in poverty had it's blessing as well as it's hardships. Blessing, because I learned about reality and about injustice, which is useful knowledge now as a full time activist. I can help others. Besides this campaign I am a freelance journalist and write extensively for many street papers and periodicals about injustice, inequality, and corruption. I ghost write, and also do research for others. I'm always looking for new material.
Activist. Freelance journalist. Activist first, journalist second.
Picture site: www.rodney-graham.magix.net
Some of my articles - Search my name on these sites:
My articles about the train hopping homeless youth, and about my experiences travelling across Canada to write a series on homelessness in Canada. Just search for my name on the site: ww.northbankfred.com
How Street Sheet started in Canada.
Winnipeg Manitoba - Without the experiences of my youth - And without meeting some heroic people in my life I would probably never have started this paper called Street Sheet Canada.
My mother and father divorced when I was 10 years old. They had separated numerous times and had reunited numerous times. During that time our family of six moved from mining town to mining town - Between Saskatchewan and Northern British Columbia.
My mother spiralled into alcoholism and by the age of 12 my parents were divorced and the other three children were four years older than me and in their teens - able to fend for themselves and work.
I was made a ward of the court and although I love to see mothers and children, fathers and children stay together - Sometimes it is better for the child to leave. After living in foster homes and group homes for several years I had obtained the knowledge the hard way. With that knowledge I now try to help others who have faced childhoods and youth fraught with carnage and trauma.
Before my mother's death at the age of 68 I reconciled with her and we were very close and loved each other. The same with my father. The last years of his life we were close. It is always good to reconcile - But only when time has healed the wounds.
I studied journalism in my early years, picking up courses here and there. I wanted to be a war correspondent. I loved the thought of the adventure and intrigue all over the world. I loved taking pictures of people, animals, and life. I found myself doing activities like these to 'escape'.
But in my early twenties I became aware of other problems besides family in society. I left Vancouver and all the bullshit and went up north. I worked in the bush. I worked n the logging industry. I worked periodically for the Ministry of Forests in BC. One of my favourite jobs was smoke jumping. I loved the forests.
On a trip to Northern Ontario to go smoke jumping I stayed in Winnipeg Manitoba. It's a midsized city in the middle of Canada. An unusual city in many ways. The only city for hundreds of miles in any direction in the middle of the eastern prairies.
After traveling back and forth across Canada I thought I might as well settle down in Winnipeg. By then I was of an age not suitable for adrenaline junkies and very hard work environments. While hanging out in Winnipeg I met interesting people who reminded me of my youth. Activists. I found the anarchist kids intriguing. My neighbourhood was an area where many progressive people lived.
The local environmental group in my neighborhood - Wolseley, had quite an interesting library. That's when I decided to look into the paper waste situation and began a neighborhood 'no flyer campaign'.
But it was social activism that really interested me - because of my youth and childhood probably.
But it also scared me. When I read articles about injustice and inequity I often had trouble reading the whole thing. It brought back bad feelings. I also wondered if the writer got it right!
One issue in particular sparked my interest and I could barely read anything about it - it troubled me. Squeegee kids.
When I was young I ran away from several group homes. Some are not very pleasant. The articles I was reading bothered me. They seemed to interview only certain people. And then pick the worst example of the squeegee kids and use their interview. Business people, police, social workers, and other government officials. People I had learned NOT to trust. The average person would not agree perhaps with my mistrust.
One day I went in search of the 'squeegee kids'. I spent many hours with them. I learned the truth. They were being railroaded, harassed, used, and oppressed by all the people I just mentioned. The first law criminalizing squeegee kids was enacted in Winnipeg - A municipal law. I started Street Sheet Canada shortly after that. You can Google the key words to find some of my articles. That's it. Except for a couple of people I should mention. Nick Ternette in Winnipeg and Chance Martin in San Francisco. I admired Nick's work and also Chance's editorials - I named our little prairie paper Street Sheet Canada in admiration of Chance's editorials and Street Sheet - In San Francisco.
I've written many articles about Nick - But I include here article, although a bit, old it tells of Chance Martin and his work…But to ad to my story let me tell you one more thing…I went down to San Francisco North American Newspaper Association convention in 2002. I wrote an article detailing the invaluable things I learned there and the truly amazing people I met there in an article titled - The Street Paper Dream.
I will never forget those people. Chance Martin, Tom Boland, and a list of people too long to mention and I can't remember all of them, who are in my mind heroes and who have influenced our world more than anyone I've know. Why was I so impressed? Because I knew one thing in life if I knew anything - injustice. I had experienced it. So I knew they knew what they were talking about!
I am leaning these days towards environmental activism for a couple of good reasons. Environmental activism has historically (For me) been far more pleasant - for many reasons. Perhaps, until recently that is. I've had problems with PTSD, chronic depression, and apparently manic depression to some extent as well. I do what I can. Cheers.
HEMP CAN SAVE THE WORLD!
FACTS ABOUT FLYERS, TREES, AND HEMP
Did you know that it takes 3-4 times the energy to recycle flyers than it took to produce them? This simply negates the 'excuse' people use so often to justify the outrageously wasteful use of tree pulp produced flyers...
Actually, recycling is not a solution anymore! It is an excuse to overproduce! Reduction is the solution. And the use of hemp instead of trees. Using trees to make paper is now insane!
Tree pulp paper can only be recycled 3-4 times. Hemp? 7-12 times!!!
Trees are more important than ever before.
Did you know that the average landfill in Canada is composed of at least 2/3 paper - by percentage, this paper is more flyers than any other paper. This composition is BY WEIGHT - not volume!
Flyers are the FASTEST GROWING element in our landfills in Canada.
Reducing 1 tonne of junk mail saves 17 trees, 2.3 cubic metres if landfill, 31,400 litres of water, 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy, 1,600 litres of oil and avoids 26 kilograms of air pollutants.
One large tree can provide a day's oxygen for up to four people.
A large tree can lift up to almost 400 liters of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air in one day.
Each healthy tree can reduce air-borne dust particles by as much as 7,000 particles/litre of air.
About 500 full-sized trees are needed to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/yr.
The tropical forests of Central Africa, Southeast Asia,and Central and South America are the heart of nature’s gifts. A great deal of our oxygen comes from them. Yet, we are destroying tropical forests at a rate threatening their very existence.
An area the size of Manhattan disappears every four hours.
Whole forests are being cut down to plant corn! Some countries do not manage their forests! Worse yet, oil companies in S America are devastating forests by the thousands of hectres a day.
It takes 600,000 trees to make the newspapers North America reads on Sunday alone.
North Americans produce 1.6 kg of garbage per person per day. Lined up bumper to bumper the garbage trucks hauling this daily garbage would reach halfway to the moon.
HEMP AS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO WOOD PULP
By utilizing hemp pulp for paper, we could stop the deforestation of our country and produce stranger, more environmentally sound paper for less that ½ of the price of wood pulp paper. The paper mills now in place would need almost no conversion in order to switch from wood to hemp pulp production.
One acre of hemp can replace 4.1 acres of trees for pulp production.
Hemp paper is suitable for recycle use 7 to 8 times, compared with 3 times for wood pulp paper.
From 75% to 90% of all paper was made with hemp fiber until the late 1800’s.
Rayon fabric is made of refined virgin wood pulp and toxic petro-chemicals. ... Other alternatives to rayon are organic cotton, and…hemp.
Hemp grown for the production of biomass fuels can provide all our gas, oil, and coal energy needs and end dependency on fossil fuels. H.E.M.P. Canada. This was from a 'hemp leaflet' printed in 1998 - 10 years ago!
Hemp produces the strongest, most durable natural soft-fibre on earth. Until the 1820s up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothes, canvas, linens, and cordage were made principally from hemp.
Best of all, hemp can be grown in Canada, cotton cannot.
Comparing trees or hemp for paper is obvious - hemp should be used to make paper - not trees!
If we began using hemp to make paper instead of using trees - we would save millions of hectres of trees and save trees for their best natural use - absorbing the 'over abundance' of carbon dioxide and creating oxygen, and reducing global warming!
The History of Hemp and Forests ...From:'Industrialize hemp'
* All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s; Hemp Paper Reconsidered, Jack Frazier, 1974.
* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.
* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
* George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers GREW HEMP; Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England; Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.
* For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope were made from hemp. The word 'canvas' is Dutch for cannabis; Webster's New World Dictionary.
* 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc. were made from hemp until the 1820s with the introduction of the cotton gin.
* The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S. Government Archives.
* The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th Century; State Archives.
* Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
* Rembrandt's, Gainsborough's, Van Gogh's as well as most early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.
* In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture
* Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935; Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
* Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941.
* Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.
* Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated that if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The following information comes directly from the United States Department of Agriculture's 1942 14-minute film encouraging and instructing 'patriotic American farmers' to grow 350,000 acres of hemp each year for the war effort:
'...(When) Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in the service of mankind. For thousands of years, even then, this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850, all the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen rope and sails. For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable...
...Now with Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the Japanese...American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries...
...the Navy's rapidly dwindling reserves. When that is gone, American hemp will go on duty again; hemp for mooring ships; hemp for tow lines; hemp for tackle and gear; hemp for countless naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her hempen shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!'
Certified proof from the Library of Congress; found by the research of Jack Herer, refuting claims of other government agencies that the 1942 USDA film 'Hemp for Victory' did not exist.
Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin ..404 concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution. From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
'It has a short growing season...It can be grown in any state...The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds.
...hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.'
In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression.
William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberland. The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own personal profit, stood to lose billions because of hemp.
In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. Dupont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.
Andrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont's primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word: 'marihuana' and pushed it into the consciousness of America.
A media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in the late 1920s and 1930s. Hearst's newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors of marihuana. The menace of marihuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality.
Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana: Assassin of Youth' (1935) and 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed' (1936) were propaganda designed by these industrialists to create an enemy. Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws could be passed.
Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning Question' aka REEFER MADNESS:
a violent narcotic.
acts of shocking violence.
under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an ax.
more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!
Reefer Madness did not end with the usual 'the end.' The film concluded with these words plastered on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN.
In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance. The masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power. They did not challenge authority. If the news was in print or on the radio, they believed it had to be true. They told their children and their children grew up to be the parents of the baby-boomers.
On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass Congress.
Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late on behalf of the American Medical Association. He told the committee that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marihuana was hemp.
Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been reading about on Hearst's front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA understood cannabis to be a MEDICINE found in numerous healing products sold over the last hundred years.
In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.
Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.
Hearst's ruthless attack on an American hero:
Another story 'true' story about Hearst's megalomania and ruthlessness. This will show how some businessmen/businesses operate in North America. It is the story of a real hero. A hero who was defamed and villianized by the same business rogue who ruined the hemp industry because of greed and forced the world to pay more, use less practical product/process(s): It is the story of Annie Oakley - A true hero... and often the target of gutless, ruthless, and greedy businessmen:
But first let me tell you about her ...she is probably one of my favorite heros. Annie Oakley was an orphan child. She lived on a farm and her foster parents forced her to work 18 hour days - a young girl! When she did the slightest thing wrong they would make her stand out in the snow till she nearly froze to death. They beat her. She ran away and rode freight trains...As a journalist I've written about dozens of youth such as Annie. Her story , unfortunately , is not unique either. And things are not entirely different either with social agencies either! But that's another story. I'm on a sabbatical from that struggle.
Oakley went on to become the greatest sharpshooter of the wild west. No one ever bested her at shooting - including males. Historians often claim she may have been the best shot there ever was. Eventually, as with many good people, jealousy and envy dogged her. Then she entered middle age and the 'wild west' was no longer a big thing with the public. I lead this off now to the PBS transcript of her encounter with corruption , greed, and slander...especially that of Hearst...
From PBS website: '...The 42-year-old Oakley seemed ready for a new career as an actress, when out of nowhere, on August 11, 1903, headlines screamed of her downfall...
William Randolph Hearst's Chicago newspapers reported that Oakley had stolen a pair of men's pants to pay for cocaine; that she was a drug addict, now doing time in jail; that she was in a "shattered condition," "destitute" and "pitiful."
Kasper: The Associated Press sends it across the country and all these papers pick it up, and Annie is just devastated. It's like everything she's worked for her whole life to keep this respectable reputation, is shattered.
Narrator: The Hearst story was false. The woman arrested in Chicago was a burlesque dancer posing as Annie Oakley. But the damage had been done.
Scharff: In Annie Oakley's time the threat of the taint of scandal on somebody who was an American hero and who made their fortune by being an American hero that could cost them their livelihood, it could cost them their security. And I think Annie Oakley knew at the time that this newspaper report came out just dragging her in the gutter that this was something that could absolutely ruin her, and she was personally insulted by it. But I think more that she knew as a businesswoman -- and a very savvy businesswoman -- what the cost of that kind of scandal could be, and she was willing to risk anything to make sure that that didn't happen.
Narrator: She fired off angry telegrams to the offending newspapers: "Woman posing as Annie Oakley in Chicago is a fraud... contradict at once... someone will pay for this dreadful mistake."
Most papers quickly retracted the story. Many apologized to Oakley directly. But that was not enough.
She brought libel suits against every newspaper that had published the story.
Kasper: She just goes after these newspapers relentlessly, suing them one after the other, you know. "I've got to clear my name. It's not about money." She -- actually, you know, Annie -- who cares so much about money, is spending money to hire fancy lawyers and to -- to prosecute this injustice that's been done to her.
Narrator: "That terrible piece ...nearly killed me," she wrote. "The only thing that kept me alive was the desire to purge my character."
Oakley became a woman obsessed. Over the course of six years, she crisscrossed the country, suing 55 newspapers. It was the largest libel action the country had ever seen.
Scharff: She had fought very hard to earn her own security, to have a good name, to be the kind of person that everybody would see as a role model and as a social icon rather than somebody who was just a dirty, poor person, and somebody who'd be a victim. She was never ever going to be a victim again.
Narrator: William Randolph Hearst fought Oakley tooth and nail. He even sent a detective to Greenville, Ohio to dig around in Oakley's past -- sure he could find something to discredit her in court.
But there was nothing to find.
Annie approached every trial with great care. The courtroom was now her arena.
"Were you ever arrested?"
"Were you ever locked up an a charge of larceny in Chicago?"
Narrator: "The girl of the western plains" now dressed mostly in black with demure diamond earrings, her now-grey hair worn up on her head. She was reported to exude an air of "perfect refinement" and "polished courtesy."
Audio: "Did you ever say that an uncontrollable appetite for drugs has brought me here?"
"I don't know what the use of drugs it. (Overlapping voices) ...have upon your mental feelings? I felt as though I could never possibly face an audience until the wrong was righted... I beg your pardon, you're wrong... of dubious reputation... malicious and damaging..."
"We the jury find in favor of the plaintiff, Mrs. Annie Oakley... find in favor of Annie Oakley..."
Narrator: Oakley won 54 of the 55 cases. Hearst had to pay her $27,000. But most of the awards were much smaller.
After expenses, she actually lost money over the course of her six-year campaign.
Today, the same elements in the corporate world would encourage waste, greed, and even slander and corruption at the highest levels of society. If we wait for years as the corporations would like we risk irreversible damage to our environment - global warming. Tree produced pulp must be replaced with hemp produced pulp.
Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating as large tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing people. These great problems could be reversed if we industrialized hemp. Natural biomass could provide all of the planet's energy needs that are currently supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80% of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring gas prices.
THE WONDER PLANT
Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season where trees take a lifetime.
ALL PLASTIC PRODUCTS SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP SEED OIL. Hempen plastics are biodegradable! Over time, they would break down and not harm the environment. Oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in the future. The process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin the rivers as Dupont and other petrochemical companies have done. Ecology does not fit in with the plans of the Oil Industry and the political machine. Hemp products are safe and natural.
MEDICINES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. We should go back to the days when the AMA supported cannabis cures. 'Medical Marijuana' is given out legally to only a handful of people while the rest of us are forced into a system that relies on chemicals. Pot is only healthy for the human body.
WORLD HUNGER COULD END. A large variety of food products can be generated from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature. ALSO: They have two essential fatty acids that clean your body of cholesterol. These essential fatty acids are not found anywhere else in nature! Consuming pot seeds is the best thing you could do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp seeds.
CLOTHES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. Hemp clothing is extremely strong and durable over time. You could hand clothing, made from pot, down to your grandchildren. Today, there are American companies that make hemp clothing; usually 50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere. Instead, they are almost underground. Superior hemp products are not allowed to advertise on fascist television. Kentucky, once the top hemp producing state, made it ILLEGAL TO WEAR hemp clothing! Can you imagine being thrown into jail for wearing quality jeans?
The world is crazy...but that does not mean you have to join the insanity. Get together. Spread the news. Tell people, and that includes your children, the truth. Use hemp products. Eliminate the word 'marijuana.' Realize the history that created it. Make it politically incorrect to say or print the M-word. Fight against the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda of the super rich) and the bullshit. Hemp must be utilized in the future. We need a clean energy source to save our planet. INDUSTRIALIZE HEMP!
The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more than a million dollars a day to Partnership for a Drug-Free America and other similar agencies. We have all seen their commercials. Now, their motto is: It's more dangerous than we thought. Lies from the powerful corporations, that began with Hearst, are still alive and well today.
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HEMP. The miracle plant will revolutionize the world.
In the next 10 to 15 years HEMP WILL be substituted for tree pulp paper in the production of flyers - out of necessity...It should be phased in starting NOW!
The argument about jobs? MORE jobs will be created not lost! In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression.
Trees are simply too vital to our environment!
Hemp farms will begin to flourish throughout the prairies in Canada. This will spark an economic upswing for farmers and provide new jobs and opportunities for smaller farmers as governments see the need to subsidize and encourage this new miracle crop in Canada. Trees will be protected as are now endangered species in Canada and the world today..
Hemp will be utilized for more and more things not only in Canada but the world over. For paper products, fuel for cars, and even food and supplements.
Within the next 15 years flyers will look a lot different - Instead of GIGANTIC glossy flyers selling pizza, expensive new cars, and vain bobbles they will be small, earthy, and simple. Cars will be small and less ostentatious too. For very good reasons!
Ironically our NO FLYER campaign sort of coincided with the 2008 federal election. I was very interested when the various people came round with their various flyers in Winter-peg...Many on non recycled paper, many on shiny glossy clay based paper that cannot be recycled easily.
Only one party used easily recyclable paper exclusively.
Only one party used very small flyers - The Green Party. I am not endorsing/promoting them. But that fact is there. In the near future all flyers will look like theirs - This is an example of one: This flyer is approximately 4 inches by 5 inches. If all flyers were made like this we would save millions of hectares of trees and allow those trees to act as the lungs of the planet and cut down on global warming. Some day we will have to use flyers this small - if we still insist on using tree pulp paper.
At this point in time it is not financially viable for companies to use hemp since it is like gold.
But if we could phase in the use of hemp within the next ten years we could possibly save the planet and it's inhabitants from possible catastrophe.
Some may say this statement is ridiculous - but I am quite serious! We will all see soon that global warming is the harbinger of the results of man's thoughtless and greedy 'progress' on this beautiful oasis - called earth.
Consider the information contained in this material .. NOTE! YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE PAGE BECAUSE THEY ARE PHOTO SCANS! The material in the following from H.E.M.P......
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*Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.
*George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
*When US sources of "Manila hemp" (not true hemp) was cut off by the Japanese in WWII, the US Army and US Department of Agriculture promoted the "Hemp for Victory" campaign to grow hemp in the US.
*Because of its importance for sails (the word "canvass" is rooted in "cannabis") and rope for ships, hemp was a required crop in the American colonies.
*Henry Ford experimented with hemp to build car bodies. He wanted to build and fuel cars from farm products.
*BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable.
*Much of the bird seed sold in the US has hemp seed (it's sterilized before importation), the hulls of which contain about 25% protein.
*Hemp oil once greased machines. Most paints, resins, shellacs, and varnishes used to be made out of linseed (from flax) and hemp oils.
*Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil.
*Kimberly Clark (on the Fortune 500) has a mill in France which produces hemp paper preferred for bibles because it lasts a very long time and doesn't yellow.
*Construction products such as medium density fiber board, oriented strand board, and even beams, studs and posts could be made out of hemp. Because of hemp's long fibers, the products will be stronger and/or lighter than those made from wood.
*The products that can be made from hemp number over 25,000.
*Industrial hemp and marijuana are both classified by taxonomists as Cannabis sativa, a species with hundreds of varieties. C. sativa is a member of the mulberry family. Industrial hemp is bred to maximize fiber, seed and/or oil, while marijuana varieties seek to maximize THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).
*While industrial hemp and marijuana may look somewhat alike to an untrained eye, an easily trained eye can easily distinguish the difference.
*Industrial hemp has a THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana has a THC content of 3% to 20%. To receive a standard psychoactive dose would require a person to power-smoke 10-12 hemp cigarettes over an extremely short period of time. The large volume and high temperature of vapor, gas and smoke would be almost impossible for a person to withstand.
*If hemp does pollinate any nearby marijuana, genetically, the result will always be lower-THC marijuana, not higher-THC hemp. If hemp is grown outdoors, marijuana will not be grown close by to avoid producing lower-grade marijuana.
*Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more mildew-resistant than cotton.
*Fabrics made of at least one-half hemp block the sun's UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.
*Many of the varieties of hemp that were grown in North America have been lost. Seed banks weren't maintained. New genetic breeding will be necessary using both foreign and domestic "ditchweed," strains of hemp that went feral after cultivation ended. Various state national guard units often spend their weekends trying to eradicate this hemp, in the mistaken belief they are helping stop drug use.
*A 1938 Popular Mechanics described hemp as a "New Billion Dollar Crop." That's back when a billion was real money.
*Hemp can be made in to a variety of fabrics, including linen quality.
*The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C. sativa varieties as "marijuana." While it is theoretically possible to get permission from the government to grow hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it cost-prohibitive.
*The US State Department must certify each year that a foreign nation is cooperating in the war on drugs. The European Union subsidizes its farmers to grow industrial hemp. Those nations are not on this list, because the State Department can tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.
*Hemp was grown commercially (with increasing governmental interference) in the United States until the 1950s. It was doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed an extremely high tax on marijuana and made it effectively impossible to grow industrial hemp. While Congress expressly expected the continued production of industrial hemp, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics lumped industrial hemp with marijuana, as it's successor the US Drug Enforcement Administration, does to this day.
*Over 30 industrialized democracies do distinguish hemp from marijuana. International treaties regarding marijuana make an exception for industrial hemp.
*Canada now again allows the growing of hemp.
* Hemp growers can not hide marijuana plants in their fields. Marijuana is grown widely spaced to maximize leaves. Hemp is grown in tightly-spaced rows to maximize stalk and is usually harvested before it goes to seed.
*Hemp can be made into fine quality paper. The long fibers in hemp allow such paper to be recycled several times more than wood-based paper.
*Because of its low lignin content, hemp can be pulped using less chemicals than with wood. Its natural brightness can obviate the need to use chlorine bleach, which means no extremely toxic dioxin being dumped into streams. A kinder and gentler chemistry using hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine dixoide is possible with hemp fibers.
*Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is naturally resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.
*Hemp can displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people and the environment. 50% of all the world's pesticides are sprayed on cotton.
*Hemp can displace wood fiber and save forests for watershed, wildlife habitat, recreation and oxygen production, carbon sequestration (reduces global warming), and other values.
*Hemp can yield 3-8 dry tons of fiber per acre. This is four times what an average forest can yield.
*If one tried to ingest enough industrial hemp to get 'a buzz', it would be the equivalent of taking 2-3 doses of a high-fiber laxative.
*At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the "good" fats). It's quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother's milk.
*While the original "gruel" was made of hemp seed meal, hemp oil and seed can be made into tasty and nutritional products.
Prepared by the North American Industrial Hemp Council, October 1997
YES - YOU CAN STOP IT ! Most of it anyway.
Junk-mail is: Ad-Mail. It has your name and address and is stamped and sent in the mail.
Flyers: Otherwise known as Unaddressed Ad-Mail.
You can reduce the amount of flyers and unaddressed ad-mail (Junk-mail) by 90%! It depends on how patient you are and how determined you are to not have any of it.
Some people have claimed to have reduced their junk-mail and flyers 100%! It depends on the company/publisher, of course, and which city you live in. In some cities now it is possible to request your community paper company to give you the paper without flyers in it. Some publications are now doing this. Some dailies do it now to. Just call the circulations department and ask them. Of course, it is not always the local newspaper company that is delivering the flyers, however, there are also independent distributors. In that case, you will have to contact the distributor of the flyer.
In the 90s I handed out brochures (On hemp paper that were very small) This is information that is now readily available on many environmentalist groups websites and they are doing a great job!
Here is a very good explanation of what ad-mail is (From the horse's mouth , as it were, The Flyershop.com Addressed Ad-mail - Addressed Ad-mail is advertising material specifically targeting a person, group or business by address. It is mailed out as first class mail, with a discount from the standard "stamp" rate determined by criteria set by Canada Post. Postage for Addressed Mail can be as low as 34¢ - 48¢. Addressed Ad-mail is considered one of the highest repose forms of Direct Mail, as it specifically targets a person, or demographic.
HOW TO STOP AD-MAIL:
Contact the 'Canadian Marketing Association' (Formerly 'Canadian Direct Marketing Association') and get your name off advertisers lists. They called it the 'mailer preference service' in the past. Canadian Marketing Association does not own, compile or rent lists of consumer names and addresses. CMA is a private trade association funded by members.
Simply follow the instructions.
By phone: General Inquiries: In Ontario.
Outside Ontario: 1-866-580-3625 Do Not Contact List. (DNCL).
Do Not Contact List, Canadian Direct Marketing. 1 Concorde Gate, Ste 607
Don Mills, ON M3C 3N6
Simply give your names, address, any other addresses with your name or postal box. Say something similar to this: 'Please ensure I am not contacted and my name is not used for advertising purposes'.
When filling out forms - BE CAREFUL TO USE THE OPTION TO NOT RECEIVE ANY ADVERTISING. MOST CORPORATIONS HAVE AN OPTION FOR YOU WHEN YOU FILL FORMS OUT - CHECK CAREFULLY AND CHECK THE BOXES THAT CLEARLY SAY YOU DO OR DO NOT WANT FOLLOW UP OR ADVERTISING.
From what I know of from doing the campaign before and the info from Canada Post in the past I think that addressed mail that is ad-mail or junk-mail has been paid to be delivered by a company or advertiser has to be delivered by Canada Post even if there is a NO FLYER sign on the mailbox. Canada Post, however, does comply with NO FLYER signs when delivering unaddressed ad-mail - flyers - to your mailbox.
If this has changed please let me know and we will change the info but I think it hasn't changed, yet.
UNADDRESSED AD-MAIL - FLYERS:
Unaddressed ad-mail is simply flyers. It is dropped off by Carriers, or others paid by private companies such as newspapers or community papers or companies specializing in distributing flyers.
I was very confused in St John's Newfoundland when I began door to door canvassing and people started telling me it was foolish to put up 'no flyer' signs on mailboxes - apparently some people there think 'flyers' are 'posters'. Farley Mowat, the writer lives in NF, maybe he could set his fellow Newfoundlander straight on it. But I wouldn't be to quick to laugh about it. In the states posters are also called 'flyers'. If any other part of Canada has this practice let us know!
Canada Post complies with NO FLYER signs at personal residences in Canada. Problem is, they only deliver 23% of those. I've heard that they deliver less than that now. This is why our petition is important. Interestingly, when campaigning to reduce the waste due to the massive amount of flyers delivered that are produced on tree pulp I was told often by private distributors of flyers that it was Canada Post that was contravening NO FLYER signs. But now, 14 years later - the same thing is happening: Somebody is not obeying NO FLYER signs at personal residences and it's not Canada Post! For a no flyer sign off the internet you can get one from these guys - I will try.org. theirs are free - but , of course, not weather proof. Check with your local environmental org. These days many groups now make them for the public. At the same time consider helping your local enviro group with a donation or with volunteering your time an hour a week or more!
About 'community' newspapers: People often ask how to stop their flyers and still get their community paper. Well there's a solution there too. Community papers now often will comply with your direct request to not receive the flyers but receive just the community paper. You should get their phone number from the paper and call them and see if they will do it. A lot of community papers now do just that.
Community newspapers/Dailies: Inside those community newspapers, there's contact information provided enabling customers to stop flyer delivery. The print media industry maintain a database and any customers wishing to cease delivery of flyers to have their homes are flagged and instructions sent to the carrier to stop.
HOW TO STOP FLYERS:
The following information is accurate to the best of my knowledge - however, I am just rebuilding my site again since the old site - a free site was retired by the company that offered free web sites - in other words, they stopped offering websites completely. So if the information is out of date please forgive me for the oversight.
I always get a lot of questions about where you can get a no flyer sign: To stop flyers simply put a NO FLYER sticker/sign up. You can get no flyer signs at your local hardware store or Home Hardware, or anywhere similar. Most hardware stores in Canada have NO FLYER signs - The best is aluminum - It will last forever and it's waterproof. In the meantime you can copy my sticker or another one online and put it up temporarily. Follow all the instructions below.
This website offers a free NO FLYER sign you can print at home off your own printer:
'You can print onto sticker stock, or just use regular paper and tape. If your mailbox gets a lot of rain, cover the whole surface in clear packing tape.'
You can use my stickers if you prefer. Over the years I've used a few different ones that I designed myself. The first one is one I designed, it is square and is good for any size mailbox (It's a photo), the second is rectangular, the third is square and is better to use if you just want to print it in black and white. Of course, you'll have to save it first and then print it out - The one above (the website) can be printed off immediately.
A note on how to avoid ad-mail again: When filling out forms - BE CAREFUL
TO USE THE OPTION TO NOT RECEIVE ANY ADVERTISING. MOST CORPORATIONS HAVE AN OPTION FOR YOU WHEN YOU HAVE TO FILL FORMS OUT - CHECK CAREFULLY AND CHECK THE BOXES THAT CLEARLY SAY YOU DO OR DO NOT WANT FOLLOW UP OR ADVERTISING.
Canada Post's 'consumers choice program': Community mailboxes and apartment buildings. You can give a letter (template) to your postal outlet or postal carrier and tell them you don't want flyers and they will comply! Flyers in apartment mailboxes: Canada Post DOES comply with persons wishes to not have 'unaddressed ad-mail' (Flyers). Put a note in the mailbox '..I don't want flyers please..' The postman/woman will put a sticker on the inside of the mailbox door to indicate you don't want flyers and you will stop getting them! However, you may have to write a letter to your local postal outlet - where your mail is sent out from in your neighborhood. Call 1-800-267-1177 and ask them what your local postal distribution location phone number is. NOT your local postal outlet where packages are delivered.
If you want a sticker for your mailbox - Most, if not all, hardware stores have the best. That would be aluminum signs that last and can be moved.
If you use a credit card, as most people do, you will get addressed admail. Sometimes known as "junk mail".
Are corporations allowed by law to buy and sell your private information without your consent? Yes.
Some people find this hard to believe - In our culture, if you're a corporation it's easy to invade citizens privacy and annoy us - By telephone, by mail, on the bus, in public there are ever present billboards and the bombardment of signs everywhere you go - even in the washrooms! It's perfectly legal, and in Wa democratic society, I suppose most citizens would agree that it should be. But we're living in a world of double standards and hypocrisy!
The government(s)/chambers of commerce make it easy for their buddies to invade the public - Conversely, if you are an ordinary citizen, especially at the lower end of our class society our wonderful "machinery" they will find a way (Where there's a will there's a way!) to CRIMINALIZE you real fast! Example: The ubiquitous municipal laws repressing panhandlers and squeegee kids, freelance street hawkers and buskers. Not to mention the ever increasing laws criminalizing the homeless. They are even enacting and implementing laws to make it illegal for a homeless person to ask for help - in public places! Thank you for reading my little rant. Yes, a rant perhaps - but completely true. This is the only rant on this site regarding this - I am also a social activist as you can see. The rest of this site is about stopping ad-mail, flyers, and other forms of advertising.
Here is a very good explanation of what ad-mail is (From the horse's mouth , as it were, The Flyershop.com Addressed Ad mail - Addressed Ad mail is advertising material specifically targeting a person, group or business by address. It is mailed out as first class mail, with a discount from the standard "stamp" rate determined by criteria set by Canada Post. Postage for Addressed Mail can be as low as 34¢ - 48¢. Addressed Ad mail is considered one of the highest response forms of Direct Mail, as it specifically targets a person, or demographic
Contact the 'Canadian Marketing Association' (Formerly 'Canadian Direct Marketing Association') and get your name off advertisers lists. They called it the 'mailer preference service' in the past.
Canadian Marketing Association does not own, compile or rent lists of consumer names and addresses. CMA is a private trade association funded by members.
Simply follow the instructions.
By phone: General Inquiries: In Ontario.
Outside Ontario: 1-866-580-3625 Do Not Contact List. (DNCL).
Do Not Contact List, Canadian Direct Marketing. 1 Concorde Gate, Ste 607
Don Mills, ON M3C 3N6
Simply give your names, address, any other addresses with your name or postal box. Say something similar to this: 'Please ensure I am not contacted and my name is not used for advertising purposes'.
When filling out forms - BE CAREFUL TO USE THE OPTION TO NOT RECEIVE ANY ADVERTISING. MOST CORPORATIONS HAVE AN OPTION FOR YOU WHEN YOU
Feel free to copy my sticker if you want to as well and use that one. It has my website on it with all the info you need to stop ad-mail (Letters) and unaddressed ad-mail (Flyers)
There are other ways to avoid phone soliciting. Be very careful when you fill out forms. Nowadays there are usually boxes to check - or un-check, so you avoid getting solicitations.
I recommend that you complain about calls, however.. To do this, go to the government site:
Things you should know before filing a complaint
To file a complaint you will need:
Log your complaint with them.
I highly recommend that you check the CTRC and read about scams and how to avoid them:
↓ Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ↓
If you are getting frequent calls that seem suspicious and are annoying.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:
Say something interesting about your business here.
What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.
Give customers a reason to do business with you.